Lawn and ground cover

Asked February 4, 2014, 1:53 PM EST

I am new to Colorado Springs (grew up Iowa, have lived all over). My lawn is a big dirt patch on a hill, and is eroding away. I want to plant something that won't require much (or any) watering AND will help prevent further erosion. I prefer to not use any chemicals. I also want my kids & dog to be able to play on it. I'm thinking native grasses, trees, or some other ground cover. I'm also interested in planting some edibles in raised beds or pots. Maybe a little of everything. What are my options? Part of it is kind of a steep grade; do I need to terrace it? Thanks! P.S. I don't have a lot of experience with lawn and garden.

El Paso County Colorado sustainable gardening and landscaping

1 Response

Thank you for your question.

I am attaching several links to assist you with your questions. A couple links for low maintenance lawns in El Paso County. You may also want to sign up for a lawn care class that is usually offered by the El Paso County Master Gardeners.

Here is the link for lawn choices: http://csuturf.colostate.edu/pdffiles/Blue%20Grama%20Lawns.pdf and http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07224.html

The website for the local Master Gardeners Help Desk is

  • Phone: 719-520-7684
  • or Email: CSUMg2@elpasoco.com
  • Vegetable Container Gardening: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/724.html


    Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/VegFruit/vegbed.htm

    Hope this helps you with your questions. Thanks again.